PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden traveled to Hampton Roads on Monday as part of President’s Getting America Back on Track tour.
The tour promotes Biden’s key policy proposals, the American employment plan and Plan of American families.
Monday’s visits were aimed at highlighting the benefits of the legislation for schools, with visits to Yorktown Elementary School and Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth.
Air Force One arrived in Newport News around 10 a.m., and the Bidens were greeted by Governor Ralph Northam and Virginia First Lady Pam Northam.
The Bidens then proceeded to Yorktown, where Joe Biden also stopped by to visit the ROTC students at York High School.
The trip affected traffic in the area. Interstate 64 was closed in both directions from Exit 255 near Freedom Way to Exit 250 near Fort Eustis Boulevard. A section of Highway 58 in Chesapeake has also been temporarily closed.
10 On Your Side was there in Portsmouth for the visit of the President and the First Lady.
The President was in Building C on the Tidewater Community Campus campus.
The Bidens were able to visit a CVC workshop and CCT officials discussed the importance of community colleges teaching the trades.
Skip Krepcik, CVC program director at Tidewater Community College, said it was a great trade to learn. Krepcik showed how students connect and measure currents through a series of parallel circuits.
Tidewater Community College was chosen as the backdrop for Biden’s US employment plan and to highlight the free community college education portion of the initiative proposed by the president.
It struck home for State Senator L. Louise Lucas, (D-Portsmouth), who was one of the guests.
“To be able to get at least two years of college education, a free ride cuts the cost of their schooling in the four-year facility, and I think that gives most people who can’t afford to go further, âLucas mentioned.
Dr. Jill Biden has truly embraced the community college education route as a solution to many problems.
âCommunity college graduates provide more security for their families. They invest in their local schools and businesses, and they bring the necessary skills to the workforce, helping us meet the challenges of the 21st century, âshe said.
Portsmouth Mayor Shannon Glover believes the visit was a home run.
âFree college education at a community college. Lots of education, and we need them to have access to community college education where they can get the training and skills that will allow them to earn a living wage. A well-paying job with benefits and health care is huge, âsaid Glover.
Congressman Bobby Scott (D-Newport News) also joined the Bidens at TCC. He released a statement Monday afternoon highlighting the U.S. plan for families.
âIt was an honor to join President Biden and Dr. Biden today at Tidewater Community College (TCC). CTC is an example of the role community colleges can play in expanding opportunities for our students and creating jobs in local economies, âScott said in the prepared statement.
Separately, but also touched on during the trip, Biden’s U.S. plan for families will cost $ 1.8 trillion to increase spending in several areas related to the family.
âProviding child care, early childhood education is so critical that we make sure that our children, from an early age, are ready to go to school,â said the president.
Biden is also trying to extend tax credits until 2025.
âThat means two parents, two kids, they get a government check for about $ 7,200 in their pocket, which they are doing now, and it will help you take care of your family,â Biden said.
Biden says the initiative alone will benefit 65 million children and that data shows it will cut poverty in half this year.
The real challenge now is for the president to get the American Families Plan and the American Jobs Plan through a bitterly divided Congress.